Green Lantern Annual #1- 9.0
Justice League #12- 8.5
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3- 9.5
Aquaman #12- 8.5
Winter Soldier #9- 8.0
X-O Manowar #4- 7.5
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #4- 7.0
This was a great week for what I read. A whole lot of big happenings and an almost perfect issue!!
The Green Lantern Annual released this week and all I can say is that Geoff Johns has some balls. With all he has done with the Green Lantern universe including: bringing Hal Jordan back, Blackest Night and Brightest Day, he can still construct stories that make you go holy s***. This issue is insane. As in like Hal and Sinestro die. Now we all knew Hal would be going that way since the prophecy that was revealed in Green Lantern #12 and the fact that we knew we would be getting a new Lantern with the #0 issue but Sinestro biting the bullet to was a bit of a surprise. But we don’t need worry, we have a new Arabian Green Lantern coming and seeing how badass Hal is going to look in Black Lantern armor.
Justice League ended their storyline with Graves…or did they? Sure they may have defeated him and had him locked up but seeing Amanda Waller waltz in and tell Graves to write a new book about how to defeat the Justice League tells me we still have dark times ahead for the super group. Of course this was the big issue that got so much press because Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up officially. Man, Steve Trevor can’t catch a break. He almost dies trying to protect the League and Diana still ends up with Supes. Oh well, at least he gets to be in the new JLA.
Aquaman is heading towards his showdown with Manta. Manta found the source of Atlantis’ destruction and Arthur and The Others tried to stop him but one of them ended up kicking the bucket which, of course, reaffirms Aquaman’s drive to kill Manta. It was a very good penultimate issue that I hope pays off in two months after the #0 issue.
Winter Soldier is still on the search for Leo and even though you think a lot is solved by them finding Black Widow and de-brainwashing her by the time the issue ends you realize Leo is like five steps ahead of Bucky and every operative. The last page was the right way to end the issue. I hope this title can still be consistently good after Brubaker leaves.
X-O Manowar was good but had a bit of an off issue which is weird because it was the first issue where Aric has the armor the entire time. It was cool finding out that their were alien operatives still implanted on Earth even 16 centeries later when Aric arrives.
Deadpool finished killing the Marvel Universe this week and it was the weakest of the four issue series. While the first three were balls to wall straight murdering folks, the final issue had an underwhelming kill of The Punisher and a fight with The Taskmaster that isn’t as good as it should be. And the ending, while completely Deadpool like, left a little to be desired.
The book of the week goes to Minutemen. It amazes me how DC has so much talent combined on these books yet Darwyn Cooke is writing AND doing the art for Minutemen and is hitting out of the park every month. This is the most human of the Before Watchmen books. Hollis Mason was the best character to tell this story through and Cooke is doing exactly what BF was intended to do which is add new layers and depth to characters. He is crafting a great back story that echos especially deep since we know how these characters have met their end so we can dissect their every decision and see how their decisions led them to what we already know. A near perfect issue.
The Walking Dead #101- 8.5
Nightwing #12- 8.5
Catwoman #12- 7.5
Green Lantern #12- 9.0
Saga #6- 9.0
Before Watchmen: Rorschach- 8.5
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #3- 8.0
Ok this was a great week comics wise. There really wasn’t a weak title in the bunch. The Walking Dead had an emotional and satisfying followup to their huge 100th issue. The final page leaves you with a sadistic smile on your face knowing that maybe some messed up stuff is coming. Catwoman and Nightwing each had villain reveals this week as Selina found out who Dollhouse was and Dick uncovered the secret of Paragon. Nightwing had a stronger issue because the Catwoman reveal left a little to be desired.
Rorschach got off to a brutal start as it should. Lee Bermejo’s art is always so stunning so it is good to see it done with a character I like so much. I would place the title in the upper tier of the Before Watchmen titles with Minutemen still remaining the best even after these couple of months.
The best titles of the week were definitely Saga and Green Lantern. I still don’t know how to describe Saga after six months but I do know that it is such a trip to read and so freaking imaginitive. Marko and Alana finally get off the planet as Prince Robot IV happens to make the wrong kind of enemy in The Will. Brian K. Vaughn is writing some seriously good stuff.
I think my title of the week has to go to Green Lantern. This issue sets up something HUGE for the forseeable future. Like HUGE HUGE and I cannot wait to see how it unfolds. Needless to say the Green Lantern annual is going to be a must read in a few weeks. Oh Hal, you poor bastard. Can never catch a break.
Spider-Men #4- 9.0
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #2- 9.0
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #3- 8.5
Batman #12- 8.0
Batman and Robin #12- 8.5
Batgirl #12- 8.0
Earth 2 #4- 8.0
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias # 2- 7.0
There were a lot of good titles this week and I guess the big surprise was that for the first time in the New 52, Batman wasn’t my favorite Bat title of the month. Batman had a good story that fleshed out a character from last year but it was a stand alone story that could have been a shortened back story. Maybe I am just too excited for the Death of the Family storyline to begin in a couple of months.
Batman and Robin had a very good ending to the Terminus storyline which included all four Robins teaming up at the end of the issue and a great panel of artwork that I want framed and on my wall. Batman and Robin is creeping up to be my second favorite Bat book.
Ozymandias was OK this month. Nothing really wowed me about the book even though Jae Lee’s art is very good. The last page did give me hope for next month though.
My pick of the week is between Deadpool and Spider-Men and I have to give it to Bendis’ Spider-Men. Seriously dude, why you gotta get me halfway emotional about a Spidey title? He knows the Parker family dynamic so dang well and knows how to bring emotional weight to the characters. Next month is the final issue and I wish it wasn’t.
And I’ll leave you with this….
I’m falling too far behind on my reading! My apologies guys!! My addiction has grabbed hold of me again and I thought I had shook it. It’s a dangerous thing. It’s called Skyrim. I hope all of you forgive me for the lateness of this due to this wonderful addiction.
A lot of books to go through so we’re just going with scores and favorites at the end.
Books for 8/1
The Dark Knight #11- 8.5
Batman, Inc. #3- 8.0
Winter Soldier #8- 7.5
The Ultimates #13- 9.0
Before Watchmen: Comedian #2- 8.0
All-Star Western #11- 7.5
Green Lantern #11- 8.5
Aquaman #11- 8.0
Books for 8/8
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #1- 9.0
Hawkeye #1- 8.5
Detective Comics #12- (Main Story-6.0, Extra Story- 8.0)
Action Comics #12- 7.5
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #2- 8.5
Swamp Thing #12- 8.5
Animal Man #12- 8.0
If I had to pick a top three of books it would have to be The Ultimates which features Cap finally returning ang kicking all kinds of ass, Deadpool in the beginning of a great series and the new Hawkeye series which is taking a different approach to the hero story and the art looks like Batman: Year One which is always a good thing.
For some reason, I just don’t know why, but Action Comics has not been clicking with me lately. I should love it. It’s Grant Morrison writing Superman but it just seems like he’s writing the character just to do it. I don’t feel any passion for it like with his run on Batman. He is leaving after issue 16 so let’s hope he has a big send off planned and a new writer can keep going up.
Rotworld got off to a great start with Animal Man and Swamp Thing heading down into the heart of the rot. Swamp Thing ended up being a bit better but just because the Animal Man issue was more of a setup. And the end of Swampy is truly a whoah moment.
Till next week….or next time depending on how well I keep up (sorry!)
Another little surprise out of last week’s Comic Con was that High Moon Studios, makers of the excellent Transformers: War for Cybertron and the soon to be excellent Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, are in development of a game starring everyone’s favorite merc with a mouth Deadpool.
It sure does look like the makers have the character down with Deadpool’s trademark humor all over this video. Add in that he is being voiced by Nolan ‘he only does everything’ North and you already have one of my most wanted games of 2013.
Take a peek and always remember that Deadpool loves boobies and that I actually owned that Marvel swimsuit issue on his coffee table. Don’t judge me. I was 12.